Monday, September 19, 2011

Shellie Neumeier and Lisa Lickel's A Summer in Oakville

Married for over 20 years, Shellie and her husband have four wonderful kiddos and two goofy greyhounds. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, she went on to acquire an early childhood education certificate. Shellie also served in youth, children’s, special needs and family ministries for over twenty-two years. Now she enjoys teaching her teens how to drive and chauffeuring her preteens across the Wisconsin countryside. And once in a while, she loves to read big people books (you know the kind without pictures).

Shellie writes because it keeps her away from her husband’s power tools and because every now and then, she doesn’t have the choice, it just takes over. Her best inspiration comes from God and the occasional walk along a country road with her greyhounds.

You can find Shellie online at,,!/shellie_c.

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned dozens of feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin Magazine and loves to encourage new authors. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, an editor at Port Yonder Press, a writing mentor, and blogger.

You can find her online at,!/pages/A-Summer-in-Oakville.

A Summer in Oakville

One Magical Summer in Oakville, Wisconsin,
Love Finds its Way through Four Entwined Lives.

Meet Tessa, Lindsay, Art and Andy.

Tessa Hasmer Murphy has a secret. Estranged from her husband, will she let a past love and a fight to save the family farm destroy her marriage and daughter Lindsay's happiness?

Lindsay Murphy plans to live on her grandparents' farm until she can find a job, but developer Brandon Calloway has other plans for the property. As she wages war against him, will she lose her heart and the farm both?

Widower Arthur Hasmer's life and that of his son, Andy, spiral out of control. When old friend, Dana London, reenters the picture, she might be the key to help them all back to love, joy and faith—until he learns of her betrayal.

Andy Hasmer has the ultimate bummer life. No mom, not much of a dad, no future. When he's sent to the farm and wrecks the truck, nothing could be worse than the lousy job he takes to pay Grampa back-except maybe putting up with the pastor's daughter, Ella.

Here's an excerpt of A Summer in Oakville:

Tessa’s Story
Psalm 84:3 “Even the sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. ”

Chapter One

Contessa Marie Hasmer Murphy closed her eyes and inhaled the scents of her summer kingdom. First hay cutting—sweet and fragrant alfalfa from Janssen’s across the road—cress, and mint
that she had just walked on. A cardinal’s peculiar trilling keen and artesian water bubbling from the spring a yard in front of her rock throne seemed magnified in the leafy glen. Tessa wiggled against her backrest, the channeled bark of the century oak a solid comfort behind her.

Whiny mosquito! Tessa scrunched her brows and batted the insect from her ear. She sighed and sat up. Where’s a good slave with a palm fan when you need one?

Who was she trying to kid? At age forty-eight all she’d been her whole life was a slave to her family, to Oakville. And unappreciated went her efforts to keep the family together. First, Robin. Married and moved so far away. Having grandbabies Tessa couldn’t hop in the Land Rover to visit. Skype was just not the same. Phil. Good riddance. He hadn’t thanked her for anything in the past decade anyway. Lindsay … her baby girl coming home after earning her master’s degree. But not home to mom. Home to grandma.

Tessa leaned over and plucked a small white lady slipper. Everything seemed to bloom earlier each spring. Even though she knew the flower, a member of the orchid family, had no fragrance, she brought it to her nose, always hoping something might have changed.

Something shimmied the leaves. A muffled step? Tessa stayed still, hoping to see a doe and maybe a fawn. When a large human hand thrust aside the leaves of her willow curtain, she stiffened. Her husband Phil had been gone three months and likely wasn’t coming back. Her father was too weak to walk this far from the house.

“This is private property,” she called.

“Excuse me, ma’am,” a man’s voice called. He entered her domain despite her warning. Tessa glanced around for a weapon, a stick, something. Crime was rare in rural Oakville, Wisconsin, but that didn’t mean it was non-existent.

Hoping he was a hiker wandering off the nearby popular Ice Age hiking trail that meandered through this glacier-gouged part of the state, she asked, “Can I help you? Are you lost?”

The stranger, a young man perhaps her daughter’s age, straightened. “No, ma’am. I believe this is the Hasmer farm.”

Tessa raised a regal brow. “The house is a quarter-mile east. Do you have an appointment?” As if her father was in shape to see anyone, anyway. “Are you looking for someone?” My daughter, maybe? Lindsay hadn’t mentioned a beau. Such a handsome fella too, with lovely wavy hair and showing buff under his off-white polo. They’d certainly make a cute couple. Already tan, must work outdoors. Huh—or played a lot of golf. Like her husband.

“I’m just out for a walk. Sorry to disturb you.”

He didn’t look in the least like he was sorry as he scanned her special hideout. Hideout? A grown woman needed a place to hide? Tessa went on the defensive and rose from the comfy rock where she spent so many hours reading and dreaming and watching nature. “I’m Tessa Hasmer Murphy, and this is my father’s farm.” She stood in front of him and folded her arms. “Private property.”

The young man’s knowing little smile seemed to indicate that introductions hadn’t been necessary. She changed her mind from her first impression. Hopefully he wasn’t here to see Lindsay. She tilted her head to look up at him. Did he … his deeply grooved mouth sent her back a couple decades, to college, and … but no. Why bring up old dead memories now?

“Sorry again. I didn’t mean to disturb you.” He turned and left the way he’d come before she could make her lips ask for his name.

Tessa slowly turned to survey her secret place. The ambiance had been ruined. No birds called. Janssen had started spreading manure on his field.

Still clutching the lady slipper, Tessa climbed out, ready to go back to her empty house in town. She walked across a field that hadn’t been worked in ten years and was as tangled as her lonesome life.

You can purchase A Summer in Oakville from Amazon.

Shellie and Lisa are giving away a copy of A Summer in Oakville. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

Thank you for sharing yourselves & your book. A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE looks wonderful.


wfnren said...

Sounds like a good read.


Judy said...

It was nice getting to know a little bit about Shellie and Lisa. I know "A Summer in Oakville" sounds like a great read. I'd love to win a copy of it.



ann said...

This sounds like a book that I would really enjoy reading. Hope I can win

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Teela said...

Thank you for sharing info on these authors and also for the great giveaway! I would LOVE to win a copy of A Summer in Oakville. I would also be honored to read it and give an honest review on my blog:
teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Marianne said...

Please enter my name in the drawing, and thanks, Esther for fearturing these authors, and Lisa and Shellie for sharing. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lisa Lickel said...

Wow, thanks! You guys are up early! Thanks for your kindness.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a good book.


Joanne Sher said...

Of COURSE I wanna read this! LOVE both these ladies! Enter me please :)

lgm52 said...

Wow! This book looks superb! Really want to read this one!

Pam K. said...

I enjoyed the excerpt of "A Summer in Oakville" and would like to read more. Please enter me in the drawing for the book.

PriviesAndPrims said...

Always happy for a chance to win a book. Thanks!

priviesandprims at yahoo .com

Jo said...

Thanks for sharing. This sounds like such a great book and I want to read it.


Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Great Lakes Romances said...

Okay, I have to admit that a couple of factors really drew me in. First, Shellie has greyhounds. We have one of those fast friends in our family right now. The other factor? Had to find out what Lisa's newest book was about. Sounds like a compelling story set in the sister state to Michigan. I wish both authors the best with this release!
Donna Winters
bigwaterpub [at] gmail [dot] com

Tracy Smith said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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cjajsmommy said...

It is refreshing to find a book with a main character that is a grandmother. I can relate! Please enter me in the giveaway.

lgm52 said...

Enjoyed the would love to read the entire book!

karenk said...

would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Amy said...

Sounds like a great book. Glad you did not give up.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Joy said...

Would love to read this book. Sound wonderful!

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